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50-year-old firm enjoys $100K HQ makeover

April 20, 2015
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Bond Fluidaire recently had a more than $100,000 renovation in its Grand Rapids headquarters. Courtesy Bond Fluidaire

With a lack of space hindering its growth plans, Bond Fluidaire turned to a local design firm for a makeover.

Bond Fluidaire, a more than 50-year old, family-owned fluid-power distribution company, recently completed more than $100,000 in renovations to its Grand Rapids headquarters at 5506 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids, said Chris Bond, co-owner.

Bond Fluidaire, which has approximately 50 employees spread across locations at 600 Scribner Ave. NW and in Traverse City and St. Joseph, was running out of room in the warehouse area and was looking to create a more open and collaborative environment for its current employees, as well as any future hires.

Bond said company executives turned to Grand Rapids-based Custer to transform its training room into a more functional office and meeting space for its sales team.

“We really didn’t change the structure of the building at all. We gutted a room and moved people from the warehouse room into an inside room… Custer helped us with the layout and design of a new inside sales area, so now we can effectively seat 12 salespeople at cubicles, and then we also have a combination of a conference room/training area, as well,” he said.

“That allows for future hires. We have about nine or 10 there now. If business continues as it is, we might add people.”

Products in the new space

Custer used more than 30 products in the space, and about 95 percent of those products were Steelcase items, said Kylee Haywood, corporate sales account manager at Custer.

One of the key changes in the Bond project was height-adjustable desks for employees.

“It was important. You can just stick somebody at a desk, but we thought, ‘Hey, let’s get into the 21st century and get ergonomic desks,’” Bond said.

Custer used Steelcase, Humanscale, Crestron, Details and Universal products in the renovation, Haywood said. For the workstations, Custer provided Steelcase Airtouch height adjustable desks, Steelcase Kick panels, Steelcase Universal storage (lateral files, bookcases, cabinets, mobile pedestals with cushion top) Steelcase Amia chairs and Details slatwall with different products that employees could choose themselves.

Humanscale M-8 monitor arms were also purchased for each workstation, she said.

“The conference area consists of a Steelcase boat-shaped table and Cobi chairs. Custer Technology provided a 55-inch LED flat screen mounted on the wall with a Crestron Wireless Presentation system for sharing content via laptops,” she said.

“Custer also installed sound-masking throughout the space to help create a ‘white noise’ for an open, collaborative environment. One of Custer’s companies, Century Flooring, helped provide carpet tiles throughout the space, as well.”


Work started on the project in July 2014 and the install was done by end of year 2014, with Bond Fluidaire moving back into the space in January, Haywood said.

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